Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food

Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food

by Jeffrey M. Pilcher
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Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food by Jeffrey M. Pilcher

As late as the 1960s, tacos were virtually unknown outside Mexico and the American Southwest. Within fifty years the United States had shipped taco shells everywhere from Alaska to Australia, Morocco to Mongolia. But how did this tasty hand-held food--and Mexican food more broadly--become so ubiquitous? In Planet Taco, Jeffrey Pilcher traces the historical origins and evolution of Mexico's national cuisine, explores its incarnation as a Mexican American fast-food, shows how surfers became global pioneers of Mexican food, and how Corona beer conquered the world. Pilcher is particularly enlightening on what the history of Mexican food reveals about the uneasy relationship between globalization and authenticity. The burritos and taco shells that many people think of as Mexican were actually created in the United States. But Pilcher argues that the contemporary struggle between globalization and national sovereignty to determine the authenticity of Mexican food goes back hundreds of years. During the nineteenth century, Mexicans searching for a national cuisine were torn between nostalgic "Creole" Hispanic dishes of the past and French haute cuisine, the global food of the day. Indigenous foods were scorned as unfit for civilized tables. Only when Mexican American dishes were appropriated by the fast food industry and carried around the world did Mexican elites rediscover the foods of the ancient Maya and Aztecs and embrace the indigenous roots of their national cuisine. From a taco cart in Hermosillo, Mexico to the "Chili Queens" of San Antonio and tamale vendors in L.A., Jeffrey Pilcher follows this highly adaptable cuisine, paying special attention to the people too often overlooked in the battle to define authentic Mexican food: Indigenous Mexicans and Mexican Americans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199911585
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/03/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 597,982
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Jeffrey M. Pilcher is Professor of History at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Que vivan los tamales!: Food and the Making of Mexican Identity; The Sausage Rebellion: Public Health, Private Enterprise, and Meat in Mexico City; and Food in World History. He also edited the Oxford Handbook of Food History.

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Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love three things the mosr *Bacon *Tacos *Cats Together they make BACONTACO CATS
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If i lived on plnet taco id eat tacos water salad and maybe coke every day!!!! Im obsessed with tacos and when i have them for dinner i eat usually about 15 or maybe more! PEACE LOVE TACOOOS